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Mita DC-1435 is producing mostly black copies.

My photocopier has been in cold storage for approximately two years. I am trying to get it going again.

Before I quit using it I had to use the lowest setting on the ''Light - Dark'' selection. When in the mid range was selected the photocopied pages had a grey background. When putting the copier onto the extreme light setting the grey was gone.

I gave the photocopier a good dusting / cleaning today. With this I have been able to restore the last 1 1/2'' of right hand side of an 8 1/2'' x 11'' page to look like how it was before going into store. The left hand column is either solid black, or if running 20+ copied it begins looking spotty with various intensity shades of grey.

Just before the paper leaves the photocopier there is a counter on the component. It reads 10,076 copies.

The component which the toner cartilage hooks into reads 8,634 copies.

I am working towards self employment. That is why I purchased this photocopier a few years ago, although I really didn't need it until now. I am wanting to photocopy all my advertising campaign material ... about 10,000 photocopies over the next 12 months.

The photocopier was second hand from a Salvation Army thrift store, costing me (I think) $10.

There is a label affixed to the copier which makes me think it was leased.

I would appreciate any help you are able to offer me. Thank you.

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  • Ron Piggott
    Ron Piggott Mar 06, 2009

    Thank you for replying to me.

    After I left the post I found an online store and purchased the service manual for $5 US. I figure it is worth it.

    I did what you suggested. You are right --- the blacks are now like a cloudy day. The cleaning helped, but wasn't the resolution.

    I would like to get this copier working like new again. That is why I bought the manual.

    Based on your experience what part(s) should I be buying?

    Do you have any recommendations for suppliers? I live in Ontario Canada.

    Will you be available if I have questions while I attempt the maintenance?


  • Ron Piggott
    Ron Piggott Mar 06, 2009

    I priced out the cost to buy parts to fix the copier. It would be around $200. It is better to go with the link you pasted. Thank you for helping.

    I will look at your contact business web site link. I am about 2 hours from where you live. It may work buying toner from you. We will talk further. Send me a short e-mail so I have your e-mail address ok?




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To apprentice,
I have a Mita 1435 and it spits out black copies.Last year I have spent $ 200.00 on repairs.Is your advise for me to dump this one( I like to recycle and re-use)If not what is the most efficient and cost effective new one?

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I've been renting, servicing, repairing, buying/selling 1435s for a long long time. You can't get photoconductor drums any more. Drums last maybe 20,000. Once it's worn out you're screwed because all the sources for new drums have dried up. It always was a darned good copier but if you can't replace the drum when it's gone - you're out of luck. If you're producing advertising pieces go to a quick printer - it will probably be better and cheaper. Copiers are for DIFFERENT originals. For lots of the same thing printing is better, and a lot less trouble. I, personally was heartbroken when I found I couldn't get drums. I could keep 1435s running for another ten years if I could get the drums. I own 6 1435s, imagine how I feel.

Posted on Dec 07, 2009


Whoa! Flashback to 1994!
At this point you may be beyond just a simple cleaning, but try this:
Power off
Remove glass, and clean (windex or similar is fine for all of this)
Slide scanner to the right and clean mirrors, lamp, and reflectors
Then remove black lens cover (I believe 2 screws on front and 2 on back) - A magnetic screwdriver is very helpful.
Clean rear mirrors, and front and back of lens unit
There is another filter glass that should be cleaned, but it is inside the machine and the drum unit has to be removed, etc, etc, to get at it
If optics are your only problem then you should see a nice improvement in quality; However I'll be surprised if your solid 'blacks" are nice and sharp. By now I'm sure the developer is shot, and likely the drum, and blade have seen better days. Anyway, hope this helps you get a little more life out of it.

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    I wouldn't recommend spending any money on this unit, and the parts are few and far between these days. As I mentioned above this machine came out in the Mid '90's. You should really consider purchasing a new all-in-on e (Laser). I have provided a link for you to look at one. If money is tight, then you'll only be throwing it away on your old machine (sorry to say) For $129 you can get a decent "Brother" machine that will print, Scan, and copy -which surely might help you in your venture. The best advice I can give is to stay away from 'inkjet' -use it when you need the odd colour print, but otherwise use a laser printer - cost per page is about 20 times less!
    Ironically I'm in Toronto! Are you close to, or in the City as well? If so, perhaps if you go with this machine, I can supply you with your toner. I re-manufacture cartridges as part of my business. They are almost half the price. Now "Brother" is not my favorite brand, but for the price, it should serve you well for at least a couple of years or more.
    Here is the link to Staples:

    My info/email can be obtained here:


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